Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Most Beautiful Dancer in My World-3

Frederick Austerlitz arrived in Hollywood as a young dancer, but if you are age 50+ the stage and film dancer was Fred Astaire.  Astaire arrived in time for a usual screen test.  He passed inspection, but the verdict; "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little."  Someone saw great promise in Fred  and gave Astaire a chance to achieve such remarkable success that he became the "world's greatest dancer," said Balanchine and Nureyev.  Fred partnered with the talented and beautiful dancer named Ginger Rogers.  Together they produced a series of films that charmed the world with their dancing skills.  Both seemed to float on air as they danced across the stage.   Astaire played many roles as an elegant playboy destined to dance with Ms. Rogers.

Phyllis Astaire, the wife of Fred Astaire had a speech impediment.  As an adult she had a little problem saying her r's.  One day actor David Niven took Phyllis Astaire down to RKO to watch the filming segment of a "Cheek to Cheek," number musical for Top Hat, starring Fred and his partner Ginger Rogers.  Ginger did her first take in a dress composed almost entirely of red feathers.  "She looks like a wooster," giggled Phyllis."

Seems the dress was ready only just in time for the dance.  "Slowly, one at a time at first, the feathers parted company with the original garment.  As Fred whirled Ginger faster and faster around the gleaming set, more and more feathers flew off.  It reminded Phyllis and Niven of a broken pillow fight at school, but both dancers pressed bravely on with the musical number and by the end Ginger  looked ... well she or the stork never had seen something so beautiful.  Phyllis seeing the clothing malfunction pulled Niven's sleeve and said, 'Let's get out of here' "Fwed will be so embawassed."

I doubt Fred Astaire was embarrassed.  His eyes knew that Ginger Rogers could help them both achieve or elevate their dancing prowess.  A good woman helps men achieve greatness.  Sure sometimes things don't go as planned, but with a little help from talented beautiful women men soar.  I guess Phyllis couldn't watch Fred undress Ginger on stage. His dance number with her uncovered more of her than what the stork saw at birth and it did delight his eyes and they danced into film history.  God bless the woman who is attractive and active in life.  Just be careful who you dance with in the presence of your wife for her eyes throw blazing swords when she gets you alone.

I guess what you must remember about dancing is the most beautiful woman, if married is your wife, but when not with her the most beautiful woman dancers are those who seek and ask us to dance with them.  No longer will I refuse to dance with any woman who asks.  I'll no longer sit and refuse to dance.  Each week I saw too many guys, and I was one of them,  refuse to dance with the ladies; mates, friends or complete strangers.  Sure I made other guys [frogs] jealous last week, but I made a beautiful wild woman dancer happy dancing with an old karaoke singer and she changed my perspective of dancing with someone that is not my wife.  If asked I'll say "I dance a little," but I won't sit with the rest of the frogs.  I felt like a 'prince' dancing with the Most Beautiful Woman Dancer in My World.  It's dancers who keep and make life better.

As Red Green of  PBS Canada fame would say, "I am a man.  I can change if I have to I guess."    

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